22nd edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) will be held during 8-15 December 2017 in Thiruvananthapuram. Well known Bengali actress Madhabi Mukherjee will be the chief guest at the opening ceremony.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award is being conferred on iconic Russian director Alexander Sokurov. A retrospective of his six films will be held at the festival. Besides, Retrospectives of films by Lino Brocka, master filmmaker from Philippines and K P Kumaran from India will be screened.
Contemporary Masters in Focus will feature movies of Mahamat Saleh Haroun (Chad) and Michel Franco (Mexico). Other packages include Identity and Space, Contemporary Asian Cinema, Japanese Animation, Restored Classics, and Jury Films.
The International Competition section has two Malayalam films by debutant directors. Randu Per (Two persons) by Prem Shankar and Aedan directed by Sanju Surendran. Malayalam Cinema Today section has Take Off, Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum, Karutha Joothan, Angamaly Diaries, Maravi, Athishaynagalude Venal and Naayinte Hridayam.
Two Indian films feature in the International Competition. Newton and Village Rockstars. Indian Cinema Today section will have seven films.
Homage section will be screening films to pay tribute to directors Kundan Shah, K R Mohanan and I V Sasi and actor Om Puri.